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IDSN submission on India to the UN Human Rights Committee 2019
IDSN and The National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ)-NCDHR have submitted input to the UN ahead of the adoption of the list of issues for the 126th session for India. The submission sets out some key concerns about violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant) vis-à-vis the Constitution of India with regard to Dalits and Adivasis. IDSN member Human Rights Watch has also raised the issue of caste discrimination in the HRW submission to the UN ahead of the review.
UN  hrc  india  caste  2019  submission 
10 weeks ago by idsn
“Today, we are not here only to speak of our plight. We are also agents of change”, says Ruth Manorama at the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN News)
On Friday 8 March, Ruth Manorama, a Dalit human rights defender, delivered a statement, co-sponsored by the International Movement Against All Forms of Racial Discrimination and by the Right Livelihood Award (in solidarity with IDSN), during the 40th regular session of the Human Rights Council. She also spoke on the panel at the Right Livelihood side-event on Women Human Rights Defenders.
caste  dalit  2019  idsnnews  IDSN  India  sexual_violence  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  HRC  HRC40  women  dalitwomen  resistance  dalitwomenfight  UN  news 
april 2019 by idsn
UN rights chief warns against "increasing harassment and targeting of” Dalits, Muslims and Adivasis in India (IDSN News)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, raises concern over increasing marginalisation and discrimination in India, in her speech to the UN Human Rights Council in March. Speaking about the situation in India, the High Commissioner shows concern over the fact that, despite significant poverty reduction in general terms, there has been, “increasing harassment and targeting of minorities – in particular Muslims and people from historically disadvantaged and marginalised groups, such as Dalits and Adivasis”. She points out to narrow political agendas in that country lead to further marginalisation of vulnerable people.
2019  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  UN  high_commissioner  bachelet  hrc  HRC40  statement 
april 2019 by idsn
2018 Joint statement on global caste discrimination by IDSN-MRG for the 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council
IDSN made a joint statement with Minority Rights Group under Item 8. This statement focused on the global prevalence of caste-based discrimination despite the Vienna Declaration and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Caste based discrimination, or discrimination based on work and descent, affects almost every human right, and can be perpetuated throughout generations. Despite legislation and policy development, lack of enforcement and judicial caste bias often lead to complete impunity for perpetrators who have violated Dalits’ rights. This statement also stressed the intersectional effects on Dalit women, who suffer gender-based violence as well as caste-based violence. According to the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dalit women are often “displaced, pushed into prostitution and victims of trafficking”. IDSN and MRG urged the Council to pay more attention to those affected by caste-based discrimination.
2018  hrc  hrc39  UN  MRG  IDSN  statement 
october 2018 by idsn
2018 Joint statement by IDSN-IMADR-Jansahas on water and sanitation for the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
The International Movement against All forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) delivered a joint statement with IDSN, Jan Sahas and the Movement to end Manual Scavenging, in response to the Special Rapporteur on water and sanitation. The statement thanked the Rapporteur for his country report and echoed the Rapporteur’s concerns regarding the vulnerability of Dalits to physical assault, violence and discrimination. This statement stressed the dire situation of Dalit women who are “often subject to sexual violence including rape due to their lack of access to safe sanitation facilities”. IMADR, IDSN, Jan Sahas and the Movement to end Manual Scavenging are concerned about the pervasive culture of impunity and the continuing practice of manual scavenging. The joint statement urged India to “secure safe access to water and sanitation for Dalits and ensure justice for Dalit victims of violence”.
2018  IMADR  IDSN  jansahas  manualscavenging  water_sanitation  water  UN  hrc  hrc39  caste 
october 2018 by idsn
Statement by Mr. Leo Heller, Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation at the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (OHCHR)
The Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Mr Leo Heller, delivered a statement outlining his report on his country visit to India in 2017. He noted that caste-based discrimination has led to unequal access to water and sanitation services. India responded to this observation stating that the constitution prohibits any form of caste-based discrimination, which is a criminal offence, and according to India, “liable to harsh punishment”.
sr_water  UN  hrc  hrc39  caste  india  water_sanitation  water  2018 
october 2018 by idsn
2018 statement by Anti-Slavery for the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
Anti-Slavery delivered a statement highlighting the danger that migrant domestic workers face, particularly those who are “members of socially excluded and marginalised groups, such as indigenous people and Dalits”. The statement strongly urged States to implement the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations, especially concerning the adoption of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention, extending the coverage of national labour law and ending sponsorship systems.
antislavery  2018  caste  slavery  un  hrc  hrc39 
october 2018 by idsn
Joint statement by IDSN-MRG on caste-related slavery for the 39th session of the Human Rights Council
IDSN, in a joint statement with Minority Rights Group (MRG), delivered a strong statement in response welcoming the report and highlighting the issues faced by Dalit women who are discriminated against, not only because of their caste, but because of their gender. These women are “particularly subject to bonded debt in the area of domestic work”. It is a practice that is prevalent in many countries in Asia and one that needs to urgently be addressed. IDSN and MRG urged the Rapporteur to continue monitoring those who are discriminated against on the basis of their caste, specifically those who are subject to servitude and modern slavery.
statement  MRG  IDSN  2018  un  hrc  hrc39  sr_slavery  slavery 
october 2018 by idsn
2018 report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences
The Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, Ms. Urmila Bhoola, made a special reference to caste-affected groups in the context of discriminatory attitudes in domestic work in her report to the HRC. She urged states to increase their efforts “in addressing and preventing domestic servitude”.
sr_slavery  2018  hrc39  hrc  un  slavery 
october 2018 by idsn
IDSN engages with the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN)
IDSN engaged with the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), held in the Palais des Nations from the 10th to the 28th of September 2018. IDSN delivered statements, lobbied Member States and OHCHR staff and met with the High Commissioner and the NGO Committee. Read a summary of IDSN's interventions in this IDSN news piece.
2018  hrc  UN  hrc39  sr_slavery  sr_water  dalit  caste  slavery  water_sanitation  idsn  idsnnews  news  justice  women  dalitwomen 
october 2018 by idsn
IDSN input to the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council
In advance of the UN HRC 37 IDSN distributed its recommendations, referring to the High Commissioner on Human Rights reports, the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, and the outcomes of the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan. IDSN board member Henri Tiphagne also spoke at key side-events and the situation of Dalits was noted in several debates.
hrc  hrc37  IDSN  submission  UN  2018  Pakistan  UPR  sr_minorities 
may 2018 by idsn
UN HRC 36th Session - IDSN comments and recommendations
In the context of the reports being presented at the 36th UN Human Rights Council session (11– 29 September 2017), IDSN is urging states to pay particular attention to caste-based discrimination being included on a par with other forms of discrimination. Especially in thematic HRC resolutions on rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, contemporary forms of slavery as well as discussions of UPR reports on India and the UK.
Read the full IDSN HRC36 recommendations here
IDSN  recommendations  UN  HRC  HRC36  2017 
october 2017 by idsn
UNHRC 34 Side Event – Backsliding on Civil Space in Democracies (IDSN News)
On 3 March CIVICUS held a side event to the 34th session of the Human Rights Council on “Backsliding on Civic Space in Democracies”, in advance of India, Brazil, Poland and South Africa examinations under the Universal Periodic Review in May 2017. The event was co-sponsored by IDSN, Amnesty International, CIVICUS, Forum Asia, ISHR, HRW, HRDA and OBS. IDSN was represented by its board member Henri Tiphagne from Human Rights Defenders Association in India.
UN  IDSN  Dalit  caste  2017  UPR  sideevent  idsnnews  news  hrc  hrc34 
july 2017 by idsn
Open Letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council (
Members of the UN's top human rights body should support the positive contribution of civil society to the protection of human rights, and resist attempts to undermine a resolution intended to respond to the global crackdown on civil society, a group of 244 civil society groups said in an open letter to the member states of the Human Rights Council. Russia, China and Pakistan are among the states attempting to undermine the resolution on the protection of civil society space. Among the signatories to the letter are IDSN and several of its international associates.
shrinkingspace  civilsociety  hrc  ingo  IDSN  AI  forumasia  IHEU  HRW  UN  sdgs  discrimination 
april 2017 by idsn
HRC President calls for high-level discussions of caste issue (OHCHR, 2016)
Inputs from the President of the Human Rights Council to the 2016 HLPF: the work of the Human Rights Council in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
IDSN  Dalit  caste  UN  sdgs  hrc  ohchr  2016  2030agenda  discrimination  access_services  inputs  statement 
april 2017 by idsn
HRW/IDSN: Ending discrimination based on caste and descent (IDSN News)
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and IDSN have issued a joint written statement to the 31th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, calling for global action to end caste discrimination.
UN  hrc  special_rapporteurs  sr_minorities  ohchr  idsnnews  HRW  caste  Dalit 
april 2017 by idsn
Caste at the Human Rights Council's 33 session (IDSN News, 2016)
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) commenced its 33rd session on 13 September. This year the report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences has a thematic focus on debt bondage. The rapporteur notes that “the majority of those in debt bondage are reported to be in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, despite the specific prohibition on such practices within the legal frameworks of these countries”, underlining that those who are trapped in debt bondage in South Asia are predominantly Dalits.
hrc  sr_slavery  caste  discrimination  UN  slavery  idsnnews  2016  Dalit  IDSN  bondedlabour 
september 2016 by idsn
UN expert urges states to combat caste discrimination (IDSN News)
The UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, has chosen caste discrimination as the theme of her annual report to the UN Human Rights Council. The report has been welcomed by IDSN and Human Rights Watch.
UN  unkey  ohchr  hrc  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  sr_minorities  caste  Dalit  idsnnews 
march 2016 by idsn
IDSN input to the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Commission on the Status of Women
IDSN have in February 2014 issued:
Recommendations on the issue of caste discrimination to the UN Human Rights Council 28th Session (March 2015) and
Information on Dalit women in relation to the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (March 2015)
UN  2015  IDSN  recommendations  briefing  hrc  hrc28  csw  caste  dalit  women 
march 2015 by idsn
IDSN Recommendations on the issue of caste-based discrimination for the UN HRC27 session
IDSN recommendations on agenda items of relevance to be considered
at the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) (8-26 September 2014)
un  hrc  hrc27  recommendations  idsn  caste  dalit 
october 2014 by idsn
Collation of the full references to caste-based discrimination in reports and statements presented at the HRC27
The reports and statements of the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Special Rapporteur on Slavery and Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation at the HRC27 session offered general, thematic as well as state specific observations and recommendations on caste-based discrimination.
references  hrc  hrc27  caste  un  dalit  2014 
october 2014 by idsn
Caste-based discrimination highlighted at the UN Human Rights Council - HRC27
The reports and statements of the new High Commissioner for Human Rights, Special Rapporteur on Slavery and Special Rapporteur on Water and Sanitation at the HRC27 session offered general, thematic as well as state specific observations and recommendations on caste-based discrimination.
un  caste  hrc27  references  hrc  sr_slavery  sr_water  high_commissioner  india  yemen  mauritania  Pakistan  slavery  dalit  key  specialprocedures  unkey 
october 2014 by idsn
Nepal: UN Human Rights Council should exert pressure to abolish Haliya practice, a form of slavery (AHRC)
kind of discrimination that Dalits suffer in Nepal in the far-western regions is called Haliya and Khali. This system of discrimination is essentially the same as Haruwa and Charuwa practices in the Terai region. Haliya are the agricultural laborers who work for grains, a maximum of 15-20 kilos of rice and the same amount of wheat annually. Khali are the people who also work as agricultural laborers, and they are paid in grains during the harvest. They go to pick up their payment directly in the field.
slavery  nepal  2014  press  ahrc  submission  statistics  haliya  un  hrc  hrc27  caste  dalit  bondedlabour 
october 2014 by idsn
What Is the Root Cause of India's Epidemic of Violence Against Women? (LinkAsia)
"In the wake of a disturbing, high-profile rape and murder of two girls in Uttar Pradesh, a northern state with one of the highest occurrences of violent crime against women in India, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay urges Prime Minister Modi to address the deep-rooted caste system that she deems responsible."
video  press  caste  un  pillay  hrc26  sideevent  violence_against_women  rape  sexual_violence  dalit  women  hrc 
october 2014 by idsn
UN Rights Chief Calls Time on Caste-Based Sex Attacks (AFP)
AFP News story that generated stories worldwide in many different media outlets
un  high_commissioner  pillay  caste  2014  press  sexual_violence  rape  hrc26  dalit  women  hrc  press_global 
october 2014 by idsn
Press Clippings – HRC26 side-event on ‘Caste-based violence against women’
The Global news agency Agence France Presse (AFP) covered the event – their story has been copied and brought by many different international media outlets. The BBC and Le Temps also did specific stories where they interviewed Manjula Pradeep. Other news outlets also adapted stories from the joint Human
Rights Watch/ IDSN Press Release. This document contains a selection of links.
press  2014  hrc26  hrc  un  event  unsideevent  sideevent  bbc  rape  violence_against_women  caste  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women  press_global 
october 2014 by idsn
IDSN recommendations to the OHCHR and UN Agencies to end caste-based discrimination and caste-based violence against women and girls (June 2014)
IDSN recommendations to the OHCHR and UN Agencies to end caste-based
discrimination and caste-based violence against women and girls
presented at a side-event on 17 June at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council
idsn  recommendations  violence  violence_against_women  caste  2014  hrc26  hrc  ohchr  unagencies  key  dalit  women  specialprocedures  womenkey 
october 2014 by idsn
Report: UN HRC26 side-event on Caste-Based Violence Against Women The Role Of The Un In Combatting Caste-Based Violence And Discrimination
The side-event heard calls from top UN officials for a coherent and coordinated approach
from the UN in tackling caste-based violence and discrimination, with a particular focus on
women and girls. Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed great concern for the issue of caste-based violence and discrimination. UN Women - Saraswathi Menon also spoke passionately against caste discrimination.
report  key  idsn  publication  2014  un  high_commissioner  pillay  event  unsideevent  hrc  hrc26  rape  violence_against_women  violence  sexual_violence  unwomen  sr_minorities  quotes  hrw  bderm  unagencies  caste  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women  specialprocedures  indiakey  womenkey  justicekey  unkey 
october 2014 by idsn
IDSN recommendations on Dalit women to the UN Human Rights Council
Report and press release on HRC26 side-event on ‘caste-based violence against women’ Calls came from top UN officials for a coherent and coordinated approach from the UN in tackling caste-based violence and discrimination, with a particular focus on women and girls. Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed great concern for the issue of caste-based violence and discrimination and UN Women Policy Director, Saraswathi Menon, summed up the sentiments of the speakers in her statement, “Words and legislation is not enough we need concrete action.The UN has an important role to play and must step up to the plate to help stop caste-based violence against women.” The event had a high attendance and good state representation. Read IDSN’s joint press release, the report from the side-event and the IDSN recommendations to the UN on caste-based discrimination and violence against women.
report  idsnnews  caste  2014  event  un  hrc  hrc26  high_commissioner  pillay  unsideevent  rape  violence_against_women  violence  sexual_violence  unref  IDSN  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women  news  key  unkey 
october 2014 by idsn
UN Human Rights Chief to speak out on caste-based rape and violence at HRC26 side-event
On Tuesday 17th June the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, will give the opening statement at a side-event on caste-based violence against women, at the UN Human Rights Council. The event comes following a series of brutal rape cases against Dalit women and the rape and hanging of two teenage cousins in India.
idsnnews  2014  news  idsn  caste  high_commissioner  pillay  event  unsideevent  un  hrc  hrc26  rape  violence_against_women  violence  sexual_violence  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women 
october 2014 by idsn
October 2013 EP Resolution on Caste Discrimination stating that ECOSOC status should not be blocked for organisations working on caste
013 EP Resolution on Caste Discrimination states that, “… to promote an enabling environment for civil society and human rights defenders working with people affected by caste discrimination in order to ensure their security and avoid any impediments to, or stigmatization or restriction of, their work; stresses that such an environment should include access to funding, cooperation with UN human rights bodies and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) accreditation.”
2014  epresolution  resolution  eu  caste  ecosoc  un  hrc  dalit  eu_parliament  hr_defenders  hrdefenders 
october 2014 by idsn
IDSN’s fight for UN consultative status – a case of reprisal against a human rights NGO
IDSN’s fight for UN consultative status – a case of reprisal against a human rights NGO
For seven years IDSN’s application for UN ECOSOC consultative status has been blocked on spurious grounds. IDSN's application is now the application that has been deferred the longest by the ECOSOC committee.
idsnnews  idsn  news  2014  caste  ecosoc  un  resistance  hrc  ishr  dalit  hr_defenders  hrdefenders 
october 2014 by idsn
HRC25 caste references
References to Caste-Based Discrimination in reports and statements presented at the 25th session of the Human Rights Council, March 2014
hrc  hrc25  2014  un  senegal  mauritius  sr_minorities  education  health  hunger  water  pillay  high_commissioner  caste  dalit  humanitarian  food  specialprocedures 
october 2014 by idsn
Member states urged to address caste discrimination at UN Human Rights Council
The European Parliament are urging EU member states to address caste discrimination at the March session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC25), currently underway. IDSN has issued recommendations for the HRC25 and Navi Pillay and Ban Ki-moon mention caste in their contributions to the council session.
2014  hrc  un  eu  pillay  high_commissioner  ungeneralsecretary  HRC25  epresolution  idsn  idsnnews  news  caste  dalit  eu_parliament 
october 2014 by idsn
Tearing down the wall of caste - Opinion Piece by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR, 2009, Statement)
Opinion Piece "Tearing down the walls of caste" issued by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madam Navi Pillay, in October 2009
key  un  untouchability  hrc  dalit  caste  statement  ohchr  high_commissioner  pillay  press_release  recommendations  unkey 
december 2012 by idsn
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